The aim of the project titled Mentor(ed) – aspects of intercultural partnerships is supporting the intercultural approach in youth work involving partners from 7 European countries by this enhancing the quality and acceptance of youth workers’ and other professionals’ work. In the framework of this project we tend to implement a tandem training course reflecting on the priorities of Erasmus + Programme (quality proof on the field of youth work, promoting intercultural dialogue, raising the acceptance of non-formal and informal learning, sharing good practicies within an international partnership, improving key competences) regarding either the applied methodology or its syllabus.
In the course of the project the intercultural encounters and deeper aspects of learning get into our focus of examination. Beside that we underline and reflect on the relationships coming to be in helping field and professions (mentor-mentee, youth worker and youth etg.) The objective is raising the awareness to the strong need of the reflexing approach of helper role.
In our project we focused on learning by intercultural encounters. We looked for young people and youth workers, who are currently in contact with each other or they take part in an NGO’s life. We expected, that such pairs will apply from different countries, who are in connection with each other: they plan, organize, implement programs together (even for themselves). The idea of tandem pairs is based on previous personal and organizational experiences, where migrant youngsters (from third countries) were treated by university student mentors.
Hence this project was performed to get to know and understand each other, for intercultural learning, so young people, and their helpers with similar experiences from different countries can meet, share their experiences in connection with the topic.
This blog was designed by the participants of the training. We were looking for a surface, where different contents can stand next to each other and which anyone can easily handle, edit. While planning together the aim of the blog and the target audience were outlined. Then taskforces were developed, who put their ideas together planned the different parts of the blog. Part of these were finished during the training, other contents were uploaded after the training during the post-production (videos etc.) Everyone did their part in planning and making the blog. The IT team worked on the design reacting to new ideas and contents. Finally a webpage was made, which introduces the participants and their sending organizations, processes the topics of the training (videos, games), and includes the description of the project and the personal thoughts, experiences (see in ‘Who’s involved’ subpage) related to it.
By the willing of the makers, planners – the participants of the training – we hope that this blog wasn’t made only for this project, but also for participants of future mobility projects, who can continue it, reflect on it and share methods, ideas, experiences which came up during intercultural meetings.